I was looking at the environment variables for an App I created in the App Platform with a PostgreSQL database and that the DATABASE_URL is available during build time:

Your component will have access to these variables at both build time and runtime.

However, when trying to access it during the build it wasn’t available. I also downloaded the YAML spec for the app where the scope was set to RUN_TIME

Is there a way to configure DATABASE_URL to be available during build time via the UI?

The only way I can think of doing this is downloading the spec, updating the scope, and then updating the app with the doctl.

Besides that, could the availability of the DATABASE_URL env var be better clarified in the UI to avoid confusion?

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đź‘‹ @danielnorman

Currently there is not a way for DATABASE_URL (or any other database bind variables) to be available during build.

We plan on supporting build time access to databases soon though we don’t have a specific timeline just yet.